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"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes

October 31, 2017
Langston Hughes was one of the leading poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The speaker of this poem describes listening to a musician play the blues. Read the full text here.
drone
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
drowsy
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
syncopated
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
mellow
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
dull
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway....
pallor
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway....
weary
He did a lazy sway. . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
ebony
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
ivory
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
melody
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
sway
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
rickety
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
melancholy
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan—
“Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’
And put ma troubles on the shelf.”
tone
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan—
“Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’
And put ma troubles on the shelf.”
chord
He played a few chords then he sang some more—
“I got the Weary Blues
And I can’t be satisfied.
Got the Weary Blues
And can’t be satisfied—
I ain’t happy no mo’
And I wish that I had died.”
satisfy
He played a few chords then he sang some more—
“I got the Weary Blues
And I can’t be satisfied.
Got the Weary Blues
And can’t be satisfied
I ain’t happy no mo’
And I wish that I had died.”
croon
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.

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